Achieve your goals in a supportive atmosphere

South Dublin Strength and Conditioning was founded in 2010 and is a constantly evolving, progressive training facility located in Harold’s Cross, Dublin.

Our aim is to help you achieve your goals, whether it is on the field, in the ring, on the court or just being able to excel at everyday tasks. We take pride in our service, constantly looking to improve and believe in building a strong foundation, both in physical capacities and mental fortitude.

We achieve this using various training methodologies and modalities, which are designed to get the most out of everyone that comes through the doors here at SDSC. Methods ranging from barbell training, bodyweight movements, gymnastics, kettlebell training, olympic lifting.

We are proud to be different to your standard gym. We are open to ALL levels. You will not find an elitist attitude or any egos in our community. No one will be judged on their ability, only on the effort and attitude that they bring to the gym.

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Central Location Dublin 6


Daily schedule
10:00 - 11:00

Mixed Modal

  • Daryl O'Reilly
11:00 - 12:00


  • Daryl O'Reilly
12:00 - 13:00

Aerobic Conditioning

  • Neal Boylan

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Unlimited Sessions
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Individual Diet Plan
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Since joining the gym I have gone on a different path. I’ve been looking after myself both physically and mentally in a way I’ve never done before and as a result I’ve really managed to achieve a lot of things. I do honestly think joining SDSC was the start of it all…It gave me a belief in myself.


I have been performing much better on the pitch recently. I am feeling fitter, stronger and totally on point. I have no doubt it is due to the hours put in at the gym. I really appreciate the work and patience Dave puts in it is all paying off in spades!


An avid GAA player I was devastated when injury caused me to hang up my boots much earlier than I had hoped. Joining SDSC was one of the best things I have done. Dave tailored every exercise to ensure I got strong without aggravating my old injuries. Prior to joining the gym, I could not squat my own body weight without having pain but within a few months I was squatting 70 kg pain free. SDSC not only improved by physical health but also gave me back the thing I missed most about GAA, that sense of training with your friends and having fun. I had tried joining commercial gyms after I finished GAA but I never continued with them. For me, the most important thing is to enjoy your training and look forward to going to the gym and that shone true in SDSC. I also recently had a baby and I'm 100% sure the strength I gained while training with Dave ensured I was able to stay fit during pregnancy and recover well after it. I cannot recommend this gym highly enough.


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More from the catalogue of shit I don’t want to do, BUT I want the benefits (therefore I am doing it)…

Some aerobic / cardiac output / zone 2 / nasal breathing / fidness stuff

I would say a fair share of my sessions are ones that I am doing for a benefit in the future. I do enjoy training a lot of the time but I also don’t enjoy it a lot of the time too.

I think this is where people are falling short and after listening to a podcast recently, I realised that I had fallen into this trap - I was not MAKING time for my own training but essentially seeing how things panned out and fitting in a session when time presented itself - which it rarely does.

There are always things demanding our time and unless we set time aside, progress tends to falter. Things never really ‘settle’ in the future, the clamour will always be there.

I always find myself encouraging people to box off specific times on their diaries for training - ‘making appointments with themselves’ and making sure to stick to these as if you were making time for someone or something else.

Anyone successful that I have trained and at times when I have been most productive, this strategy has been key.

I heard the analogy of training being like work - it is not enjoyable all of the time but we do it to get a pay check at the end of the week / month. Similar to training, we may not enjoy it all of the time but we are doing it to reap the rewards and benefits down the road.

Gorilla Lat Pulldown

I saw these over on @poweringthrough and they will be featuring this week as part of the accessory work on day 3.

They can be great as a warm up and another option for working / stretching the lats after some heavier work 🦍

Elbowing Landmine Row or Landmine Elbowing Row 🤷🏼‍♂️

Trying to find some rowing options with elbow tendonitis so I gave these a go…

I used straps to allow a slightly lighter grip and was able to get a good stretch in the lats for the most part.

Although not the same fixed range as a machine, it gives a bit more consistency in rom per rep as opposed to dumbbells. A nice angle to hit the lats and slightly less weight used than a standard row (giving the elbows a bit of respite).

Come in for Team Tuesday they said, it’ll be fun they said…

(It is fun)

‘Stronger people are generally harder to kill’. Generally. Although we do try. ...

I’d normally send this information out on emails but it’s fairly evident no one reads them anymore 😭

Here is the current format for our training block (we are half way through now).

As always, from a coaching perspective, there are plenty of takeaways from each block and learnings that we can bring in to future blocks - which I WILL send out via email, but the big noticing so far (unsurprisingly) is that the majority folks that got through week 1 and increased the weight on the bar for week 2, hit a wall on week 3 and couldn’t complete all reps or worse still, sets.

One of the main features of the hypertrophy blocks is volume and I also want people to think about repetitions as a way of progression and not just the weight on the bar.

It is important to be patient with this stuff. I have tried to rush progress myself in the past and it leads to months (if you’re lucky) of plateaus or injuries.

If you’re stuck on certain numbers on the main lifts, try a different strategy and don’t look to max out every session (and listen to the coaches).

Yesterday we celebrated the 12th birthday of the gym…

Here is part of a gallery we put together, documenting some of the stand out moments since 2011… plenty more that we couldn’t fit in but thank you to everyone that has featured in the story of the gym to date ❤️

I’m genuinely more disillusioned with the fitness industry than I ever have been (and that’s saying something). Ironically social media has a lot to do with this.

I see so much bullshit being perpetuated and going unchecked that it is exhausting to look at (thanks socia media).

Looking at the sponsored ads popping up on my news feed, I’d be led to believe that being 40 years old and above is classed as some sort of ‘specialist’ population with one foot already in the coffin.

Pictured are my most recent InBody results at almost 43 years of age (weight, muscle mass and body fat percentage).

I am dealing with a long term knee injury, so not only am I not able to train as much as I want or at an intensity I would like, recovery is also slower these days. Pushing one absolute way of training would be impractical.

One of the myths going around currently is that cardio is pointless for someone my age and strength training is the only way to train.

Context is always needed and one thing I have learned in 20 years of doing this is to be wary of anyone that talks in absolutes - even as attention spans get shorter and the noise of social media gets louder.

To dismiss the benefits of aerobic training as waste of time or pointless is negligent, for us old timers it’s probably more important as we age✌🏻

You better believe the above metrics were achieved with the help of cardio / conditioning and not strength work alone.

I still intend on making more progress and achieving personal bests, even with my injuries I would consider myself far from done and would be doing myself a disservice to lower expectations of what I am still capable of.

No detox diets, no juice diets, no fad diets, no single way to train… Just trying to listen to my body and do a little bit of something every day.

20 years of coaching, 30 years of training, I have plenty of experience that can help others improve their health and fitness at any age.

Aerobic conditioning at 6 o’clock.

Build a cardio base and learn about your gears 🧠

The ideal balance to the Team Tuesday chaos 😅

New block of training starts tomorrow 💪🏻💪🏻

6 weeks of muscle building.

Emails have been sent to members outlining the plan, expectations and pointers to get the most from the coming weeks of training.

If you didn’t receive it check your spam / promotions folder or let me know 👌🏻

BT and Bronagh getting work done (and seeing who gets bragging rights at home for the weekend 💪🏻) ...